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Catherine and Father John Callahan

Catherine Doherty with Fr. John Callahan at Madonna House, c. 1981.

Catherine Doherty with Fr. John Callahan at Madonna House, c. 1981.Who is Father John Callahan? It is for the many who do not know who he was, or know very little about him, that I make him the subject of this newsletter. He was the first priest to join Madonna House, and was given the wisdom and courage to accept being Catherine’s spiritual director during the most momentous years of her spiritual life.

The New Episcopal Appointees

(left to right): Kathleen Janet Thompson, Dr. Elizabeth Smyth, Fr. Robert Wild, Fr. Pat Cogan, Dr. Vicki Bennett, Fr. Terrence Fay. (front) Fr. Alexandre Tache.

(left to right): Kathleen Janet Thompson, Dr. Elizabeth Smyth, Fr. Robert Wild, Fr. Pat Cogan, Dr. Vicki Bennett, Fr. Terrence Fay. (front) Fr. Alexandre Tache.Five recent appointees of Bishop Richard Smith of Pembroke are to begin the next phase of research into Catherine’s life and writings. For the first time, they all came together in Combermere to meet the Bishop and Madonna House, and to meet one another, since some of them had not yet met each other. They also needed to see our archives and set their sights for future research. What is this “next phase”?

How is Catherine Being Perceived?

Catherine Doherty dressed in her Russian costume for the Chautauqua lecture circuit, 1920s.

Catherine Doherty dressed in her Russian costume for the Chautauqua lecture circuit, 1920s.I am frequently asked, “How is Catherine being perceived?” Of course, it all depends on who is doing the perceiving. A guest came here once and just sat in the car until someone came out to see who he was. He said he had read Poustinia but was overwhelmed by the number of buildings before him. “What did you expect?” he was asked. “An old woman sitting under a tree,” he said.

The Church is a Prayer

Catherine Doherty meeting with Pope John Paul II in 1981.

Catherine Doherty meeting with Pope John Paul II in 1981.In this issue I thought I would share with you some scattered pieces of information from the Internet that are relevant to Catherine’s Cause. Hopefully you will find them as interesting as I did. As I surf the waves of canonization I swim especially towards items which will help me in my work on Catherine’s Cause.

Catherine’s Life and the History of the Cause

Father Robert Wild presenting the petition for the Cause to Bishop Brendan O’Brien.

Father Robert Wild presenting the petition for the Cause to Bishop Brendan O’Brien.The purpose of this newsletter is: 1) to promote knowledge of Catherine’s life and work; 2) to solicit and publicize the testimonies of people who believe they have received favours through her intercession; 3) to keep people informed of the progress of the Cause; 4) to ask that our friends pray for her canonization—if it be God’s will; 5) to ask for financial donations to help defray the expenses of the Cause.